The Pioneers put on a show in the fourth quarter but ultimately end up falling to Wilsonville

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Jessie Reed kicks the ball out to the perimeter after driving into the paint.

Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Boys Basketball

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SANDY — Despite a massive 21-5 rally in the fourth quarter by Sandy, fifth-ranked Wilsonville held on to beat the Pioneers 53-48 on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to remain unbeaten in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

Colby Carson had a game-high 17 points for Sandy while Pierce Roeder added 10 points. Dakota Reber led the Wildcats with 13. John Roche and Zac Rossetti were also in double-figures for Wilsonville with 12 points apiece.

This was Sandy's fourth conference defeat by five points or less.

"We came out really flat and we didn't move the ball very well," Carson said. "We were struggling to play under control."

An early run by the Wildcats really set the tone for the first three quarters of this game. Sandy snagged a 7-4 advantage midway through the first period thanks to consecutive hoops from Carson and a 3-pointer from Brandon Remsburg, but Wilsonville responded by going on a devastating 15-0 run to take the 19-7 lead.

"The run was obviously really important," Reber said. "We knew it could have gone either way at the end, so it was big being able to get up by that much in the first half."

Reber and Rossetti hit big shots to get the Wilsonville offense going, but the real story of the first half was the defense that the Wildcats played. Sandy scored just 12 points in the half as the hard-nosed, man-to-man defense of Wilsonville gave the Pioneers fits in the first 16 minutes.

"Defense is one of our main focuses in practice," Wilsonville point guard Caleb Larsen said. "Our defensive intensity was incredible in the first half."

Look for extended coverage in the Feb. 14 print edition.

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